Finest Known 1894-S Barber Dime leads Heritage FUN Platinum Night offerings

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Offered Jan. 6-8, at Florida United Numismatists (FUN) Convention in Tampa; PR 66 PCGS CAC ex: Eliasberg, makes only its fourth auction appearance in history

DALLAS – An 1894-S Barber Dime, Branch Mint PR66 PCGS CAC, the finest known survivor, will offer one collector a once-in-a-generation opportunity to own one of the most famous, mysterious and elusive coins in American numismatics when it comes to auction on Thursday, Jan. 7, as the centerpiece of Heritage Auctions’ Platinum Night offerings at the FUN Convention in Tampa, FL.

This is just the fourth auction appearance in history of this celebrated rarity

“The 1894-S Barber dime is a classic in American coinage,” said Greg Rohan, President of Heritage Auctions. “This legendary coin is often grouped with the 1804 dollar and the 1913 Liberty nickel as ‘The Big Three’ of U.S. coin rarities. It has been the stuff of collector dreams since it was first mentioned in the numismatic press by Augustus Heaton in 1900.”

Only 24 Barber dimes were struck at the San Francisco Mint in 1894, apparently in order to balance a bullion account. No more than nine – and possibly only eight – examples of the 1894-S are known to collectors today, with this coin being the finest survivor certified by PCGS.

Many collectors in Tampa will have their eye on the 1870-S Silver Dollar XF40 PCGS, ex: Ostheimer-Gardner, the fourth finest known example of this landmark rarest regular issue silver dollar, that will be on offer, as well as a storied error issue in the form of a 1943-S 1C Struck on a Bronze Planchet AU55 PCGS Secure, the third finest graded at PCGS and the third-finest of six confirmed examples.

Topping the gold offerings at FUN are an 1849-C G$1 Open Wreath MS62 PCGS Secure, Ex: Richmond Collection, the finest-known specimen and one of the rarest and most valuable coins in the U.S. gold series, along with an 1804 Quarter Eagle, 13 Stars Reverse, AU55 PCGS Secure CAC, the second finest known example of the exceedingly rare BD-1 Variety.

Further highlights include, but certainly are not limited to:

1792 Fusible Alloy Cent VF35 PCGS Secure CAC, Ex: Simpson

1861 Original CSA Cent MS64+ PCGS Secure CAC, Ex: Simpson: Probably the finest known

1943 Cent Struck on a Bronze Planchet AU58 PCGS Secure CAC, Ex: Simpson

1792 Half Disme MS62 PCGS Secure, Ex: Simpson

1792 Disme Fine 15 NGC

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Major Coin Theft in Fayette County

[Update: Suspect Arrested.] Fayette County, Texas Investigators are investigating a theft of over 1000 PCGS and NGC graded gold coins valued in excess of one million dollars.

A partial listing includes:

  • 20 – 1924 St.Gaudens NGC MS65
  • 20 – 1927 St.Gaudens PCGS MS65
  • 21 – 2011 $25 American Gold Eagle First Strike MS70 PCGS
  • 22 – 2011 American Gold Eagle 4-Piece Set First Strike Set MS70 PCGS
  • 70 – 2011 $25 American Gold Eagle First Strike MS70 PCGS
  • 170 – 2011 $25 American Gold Eagle MS70 NGC
  • 100 – 2011- $50 American Gold Buffalo 10z 24K MS70 Early Release NGC
  • 111 – 2012-W $50 American Gold Eagle First Release MS70 NGC
  • 250 – 2012 $25 American Gold Eagle MS70 NGC
  • 20 – 2013-W $50 American Gold Eagle Early Release MS70 NGC
  • 20 – $50 American Gold Buffalo Chicago ANA Release W/Cert PR70 NGC

The victim has certification numbers on all of the stolen coins. Any dealer or collector having information on this offense should contact:

Lt. David Beyer

Doug Davis


PCGS Digital Coin Album Lets You Proudly Display Your Sets

Now you can see and even show your PCGS Set Registry® coins handsomely displayed in a customized album anytime, 24 hours a day, even if your prized coins are stored in a far-away bank vault or elsewhere.

Professional Coin Grading Service ( has created the PCGS Digital Coin Album, a way for collectors to display and share their coin sets online in a beautiful format resembling a traditional coin album.  The new feature is free and easy to use.


“The PCGS Set Registry would not be possible without internet technology, and now we’ve used technology to take what we feel is the next giant step for PCGS Set Registry efficiency, fun, and enjoyment,” said BJ Searls, PCGS Set Registry and Special Projects Director.

“We’ve developed a way for you to create an elegant coin album which you can enjoy yourself or share with your friends anytime. You simply login to My Set Registry, visit one of your sets, and build the album with the images you have added to your set,” explained Searls.

You can choose from one of six different color palettes for each album and you can add your own set description to the cover.  Once you “publish” your album online, it is linked from your set in the Registry and can be downloaded and printed as a PDF file.  You can admire it anytime, anywhere online, and you can share it with other collectors on the PCGS Set Registry website and through other social media.

Searls and PCGS Co-Founder David Hall will present a brief seminar about the new PCGS Digital Coin Album feature at 2 pm on Friday, January 30, at the upcoming Long Beach Coin, Currency, Stamp & Sports Collectible Expo (

“This new digital approach combines the way we all used to collect with albums to house and display our coins with the technology of today.  This dramatically changes the way you can enjoy and display your sets.  In fact, your kids might even like it!,” said Searls.

The PCGS Set Registry ( was established in 2001 and now hosts nearly 73,000 sets.  For additional information about PCGS and its services and the new PCGS Digital Coin Album, visit or call PCGS Customer Service at (800) 447-8848.


For immediate release

January 29

 News media contact:

Steve Sloan,  (949) 567-1223


First Special Service Force Receives Congressional Gold Medal

WASHINGTON – Members of the First Special Service Force (the Force), an elite American-Canadian joint combat group, were collectively awarded the Congressional Gold Medal today during a ceremony in Emancipation Hall in the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center.